Critically Endangered, a census in Feb 2000 found only between 22-27 Amur or Far Eastern Leopards left in the wild. Found in southern Russia and northern China these animals are superbly adapted for the harsh winters of these parts of the world. They have long fur and a layer of fat on their flanks and belly for insulation. They are excellent climbers and swimmers.

The main threat to the region is the exploration and exploitation of oil and natural gases. Increased Middle East instability, effective technology that can survive the cold and the high demand for fossil fuels, puts this wonderful animal’s habitat under increasing pressure.

As you will see from others in my portfolio, I am quite fond of big cats! This image is also available as a colour version. Please let me know if you are interested.


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  • karolina
    karolinaabout 7 years ago

    I really like the soft focus here. have you thought about entering into the b&w photo contest?

  • Durotriges
    Durotrigesabout 7 years ago

    Thanks Karolina! I wasn’t sure about entering it, it didn’t seem to fit the brief – but I’ll take another look, thanks. :-D

  • Miss Misery
    Miss Miseryabout 7 years ago

    nice pic lighting is fantastic

  • EarthquakeBee
    EarthquakeBeealmost 7 years ago

    It is absolutely gorgeous.

  • Mandy Fell
    Mandy Fellalmost 7 years ago

    fantastic shot, wonderful detail

  • Hiroko
    Hirokoalmost 7 years ago

    What a gorgeous animal…

  • Natalie Manuel
    Natalie Manuelalmost 7 years ago

    Gorgeous aren’t they? We better take a very long, long look before they disappear.

  • poppy
    poppyalmost 7 years ago

    Beautiful image!!!

  • studiofascino
    studiofascinoalmost 7 years ago

    love the tones!

  • Ralphy
    Ralphyover 6 years ago

    What a beautiful image!

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